#Psychology

Of Mice and Mood - How Brands Can Benefit From Mood Advertising

Richard Shotton | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK
Richard Shotton

Websites regularly gather insights by monitoring what customers click on. But now they can judge our emotions from how we move our mouse.

Three Ways EgyptAir's Missing A320 Highlights Anxiety-Driven News Media

Sasha G Brown | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK
Sasha G Brown

Our family gets together every Sunday for dinner at my aunt's house. It's been a tradition since before I can remember, and I really enjoy the opportu...

Making Sense of the World - Nature, Nurture and Beyond

Peter Kinderman | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Peter Kinderman

Our mental health reflects a complex and turbulent dance between nature and nurture. But we are not merely passive slaves to these forces, we actively learn about, make sense of and respond to the world. The essential added element in the 'nature-nurture' debate, too often overlooked, is human psychology itself.

There Are More Connections in the Human Brain Than There Are Stars in Our Milky Way Galaxy...

Carmine Pariante | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Tech
Carmine Pariante

The debate on Mind vs. Brain has figured prominently in the recent public press. But the debate is misleading: few dispute that mental life is grounded in the complex circuits of connections between neurons (brain cells) and in their constant interaction with the world outside.

Are Your Friends Making You Fat?

Victoria Wills | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Wills

You find yourself in a situation which is, at best, undermining your efforts and at worst, absolutely soul destroying and likely to have you reaching for the comfort of cake as you slip back in to the perpetual vicious circle.

Brands Must Recognise We're a Million Different People From One Day to the Next

Richard Shotton | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK
Richard Shotton

The Verve song, "Bitter Sweet Symphony", is famous for its haunting chorus, infamous video and the Rolling Stone's accusations of plagiarism. However,...

Where Is My Sugar-Free Happy Ending?

Helena Busiakiewicz | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Helena Busiakiewicz

It will take some time before I am fully in control of this illness. Before I can manage to inject insulin four times a day. I am not, by any means, cured of the paralysis caused by Diabulimia. It is a bit of a shame that I cannot finish this with a happy, sugar-free ending. But every day, I am trying my best. And right now, that's good enough for me.

Exposed: Kim Kardashian Didn't Break the Internet - It Was Already Broken

Dr Helen Driscoll | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Dr Helen Driscoll

Kim Kardashian was also faced with a body-shaming storm after posting her infamous nude selfie. The reaction to this was explosive. Debate raged about whether such displays are empowering or degrading to women.

Taking Action Before the Fuse Burns Out - Saving Money On Insurance Premiums Means Identifying and Seizing Good Opportunities To Act

Dr Thomas Webb | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK
Dr Thomas Webb

Taken together then, it seems that if we want to save money on our insurance premiums then we need to take action before we end up paying more than we need to. So why not seize this opportunity, look up your renewal date, and make a plan to compare providers and select a policy in good time, before the fuse burns out?

It's Time to Question Everything You Know About Commitment

Edward Pike | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Edward Pike

What if commitment was in fact a commitment to your true needs and to your soul's longing? Which by default also means your true need and longing for joy, pleasure, fun and connection - and all the awesome things that the mind doesn't seem to understand.

Anger Is Your Friend

Mia Doring | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mia Doring

Anger, like all of our emotional states, is pointing us towards a personal insight. Dig a little, without judging or self criticism, for what could be beneath the anger; maybe it's a value we didn't know we held, maybe it unearths a blind spot, maybe it shows us what we really care about.

How Our Cognitive Biases Can Hinder Us, But Also Help Us

Mia Doring | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mia Doring

The best thing I learnt while I was studying Psychology was about all of our cognitive biases. There are loads of them. These 'mental shortcuts' operate mainly unconsciously, and, although the word 'bias' pings with negative connotations, they actually have a very important function; they allow us not to have to process every single thing in our daily lives.

Boys Don't Cry?

Nick Harding | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Harding

I've not been privy to my own father's tears. I've seen him get worked into advance states of exuberance and dejection at West Ham football matches but I've never seen him have a proper sob. I'm not sure I'd want to. The awkwardness would hang in the air and embarrass us both.

Peacebuilding in Ukraine

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK
Larisa Sotieva

When discussing International Alert's work in conflict regions with colleagues, associates, donors, etc., I sometimes feel that we understand each oth...

Not to Hot: How to Reconnect Your Relationship's Sexual Energy

Dr Becky Spelman | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Becky Spelman

It is not easy to maintain a good romantic relationship between two people in this day and age. We have never had more access to distraction, and this impacts on the level of intimacy that two people are able to achieve with each other.

From Shoot 'em Ups to Emotional Intelligence: Gaming Gets Kind

Devi Clark | Posted 04.03.2016 | UK Parents
Devi Clark

I met Rosie Linder a fortnight ago. Like me, she is a middle aged mother with two children. Like me she wants to connect with her children. "I wanted a fun way to talk about emotions with my daughters. If you just ask them, they are very resistant. They feel they are being put on the spot."

Get Over That Break-Up! How to Prepare Yourself Psychologically for Dating

Dr Becky Spelman | Posted 03.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Becky Spelman

The only solution for your lifetime of happiness is to start with yourself, and prepare (and often repair) your self-esteem to a level where you can and will be happy if you are on your own. Once you have achieved this, then dating becomes a joyful experience of meeting people who could potentially join your life, and provide even greater happiness.

How His Relationship With His Mum Could Spell The End Of Yours

Dr Becky Spelman | Posted 28.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Becky Spelman

I've always been interested in the relationships between parents and kids, and the impact of these in future, and this got me thinking, what other kinds of mother/son relationships are out there, and what are they likely to do to future romantic relationships. Do you recognise your partner from the below categories? If so, I hope the advice here is helpful in helping to shape a better relationship for you.

Self Love: Lessons in Catching the Most Important Person (You)

Xochi Balfour | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Xochi Balfour

Self love is a term often banded about in spiritual enquiry and I touched on what it means to me in my blog post on vitality last week. It is not some selfish indulgence, as our minds might lead us to believe: in fact, it is quite the opposite. In order to love others fully and without judgment, conditions or limitations, we must first love ourselves in this way.

The Duchess of Cambridge Is Right - Young Minds Really Do Matter

Dr Becky Spelman | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Becky Spelman

This is particularly notable with younger audiences, who have really started to acknowledge the importance of adopting a patient and respectful attitude to mental health issues. This of course has its roots in their family life, education, and popular culture, which have collectively moved forward in a very positive way.

How to Spot Signs Your Partner May Be a Cheater

Dr Becky Spelman | Posted 15.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Becky Spelman

Around Valentine's Day, no-one wants to think their partner may be thinking of someone else. However, research suggests that modern monogamous relatio...

Breaking Through the Silence of Children's Mental Health

Dr. Harold Koplewicz | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK Parents
Dr. Harold Koplewicz

Getting children with mental health and learning disorders noticed and identified is a problem everywhere. And it's a bigger problem for "silent" disorders whose symptoms can be subtle or misidentified.

Wilko Fever and the Top Five Guilty Pleasures for Under 25's

Jonnie Bayfield | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jonnie Bayfield

At 23, I was under the assumption that a shop containing every single domestic cleaning product you could ever want, would be far from my mind; replaced only by casual sex and 'Meeting new people'- something I have not done in a long time.

How Scared of Death Are We Really - and How Does It Affect Us?

Jonathan Jong | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Tech
Jonathan Jong

Our reluctance to talk about death is often taken as evidence that we are afraid, and therefore suppress thoughts about it. However, there is little direct evidence to support that we are. So what is a "normal" amount of death anxiety? And how does it manifest itself?

The Psychology of Sticking to a Change

Lucy Maddox | Posted 08.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Maddox

Even when we've weighed up all the pros and cons and decided to do something differently, it can take us a long time to actually alter our behaviour and stick to it.